Contact: David Geisler
[Mount Horeb, Wis.] – Rapid Imaging, a leading Augmented Reality provider to both governmental and commercial clients, has secured a strategic partnership with Middleton, WI-based Perceptual Labs, a world-leading artificial intelligence (“AI”) company focused on providing on-device software frameworks based on machine learning and convolutional neural networks.
“We’ve been in discussions with Perceptual Labs for the past several months and are happy to have secured this partnership and look forward to the opportunity of working with a group we believe is at the forefront of the AI industry,” said David Geisler, CEO at Rapid Imaging. “As a pioneer in the Augmented Reality space with a history going back two decades, Rapid Imaging recognizes the importance of continued innovation and finding partners who are leaders in their field.”
Perceptual Labs is headed by Brad Larson, PhD., a world-leader in on-device artificial intelligence and machine vision. Dr. Larson provided one of the first public demonstrations of GPU-accelerated video processing for iOS in 2010 and developed an open-source framework based on this demonstration that made it possible for other developers to do live video processing on iOS devices. This framework would go on to become the 3rd most popular open source project in the history of iOS and it is used by tens of thousands of applications on the App Store, including many of the most well-known. Most recently, Dr. Larson has developed an AI framework that leads the industry and allows for live processing, at 60 frames per second, without an internet connection or server infrastructure.
On-device artificial intelligence provides unique opportunities when coupled with augmented reality. Rapid Imaging is currently working with Perceptual Labs to create a video analysis technique called DRILL Video Processing. This new form of video analysis leverages artificial intelligence by allowing a computer to watch a video feed and report what it sees in real-time. This provides enhanced situational awareness, rapid response and significantly reduces the number of hours required by human video-analysts.
On January 10th, the DRILL Video Processing technique was selected by SOFWERX for the Counter-UAS Tech Expo taking place at SOFWERX Headquarters in Tampa, FL. SOFWERX is a non-profit that invites Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warfighters, Interagency Partners, and select contributors from Industry and Academia to participate in Rapid Prototyping Events. SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
“The selection by SOFWERX shows the importance of these technologies,” said Geisler, “the automation of processes, particularly those related to video processing, is of upmost importance because of the significant time savings possible – and in turn, the ability to respond efficiently.”
Rapid Imaging and Perceptual Labs have already begun work on a variety of projects and look forward to continued applications in the government and commercial spaces.